Powers Boothe
Boothe in 2005
Powers Allen Boothe

(1948-06-01)June 1, 1948
DiedMay 14, 2017(2017-05-14) (aged 68)
Years active1977–2017
Pamela Cole
(m. 1969)
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Powers Allen Boothe (June 1, 1948 – May 14, 2017) was an American actor. He won an Emmy in 1980 for his portrayal of Jim Jones in Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones. He also played saloon owner Cy Tolliver on Deadwood, "Curly Bill" Brocius in Tombstone, President Noah Daniels on 24, and Lamar Wyatt in Nashville. He was also the voice of Gorilla Grodd in the DC Animated Universe shows Justice League and Justice League Unlimited.

Early life

Boothe, the youngest of three boys, was born at home on a cotton farm in Snyder, Texas, to Merrill Vestal Boothe, a rancher, and his wife Emily (Reeves) Boothe.[citation needed] His father named him after his best friend, who had been killed in the Second World War.[1]

Boothe attended Snyder High School, where he played football and appeared in school plays. He was the first in his family to go beyond high school, graduating with a BA from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, and earning an MA in drama from Southern Methodist University in University Park, Texas.[2][3]


After graduating from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, Boothe joined the repertory company of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, with roles in Henry IV, Part 2 (portraying Henry IV of England), Troilus and Cressida, and others. His New York stage debut was in the 1974 Lincoln Center production of Richard III. Five years later, his Broadway theater debut came in a starring role in the one-act play Lone Star, written by James McLure.

Boothe first came to national attention in 1980, playing Jim Jones in the CBS-TV movie Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones. Boothe's portrayal of the crazed cult leader received critical acclaim. In Time's story on the production, Boothe was praised: "There is one extraordinary performance. A young actor named Powers Boothe captures all the charisma and evil of 'Dad', Jim Jones." Boothe won the Emmy Award for his role, beating out veterans Henry Fonda and Jason Robards. As the Screen Actors Guild were on strike in the fall of 1980, he was the only actor to cross picket lines to attend the ceremonies, saying at the time, "This may be either the bravest moment of my career or the dumbest."[4]

Boothe portrayed Philip Marlowe in a TV series based on Raymond Chandler's short stories for HBO in the 1980s. He appeared in such films as Southern Comfort, A Breed Apart, Red Dawn, The Emerald Forest, Rapid Fire and Extreme Prejudice, as well as the HBO films Into the Homeland and By Dawn's Early Light. Additionally, he appeared in the 1990 CBS-TV film Family of Spies, in which he played traitor Navy Officer John Walker. Boothe portrayed Curly Bill Brocius in the hit 1993 Western Tombstone, the disloyal senior Army officer in Blue Sky (opposite Jessica Lange's Oscar-winning performance), and the sinister lead terrorist in Sudden Death. He was also part of the large ensemble casts for Oliver Stone's Nixon (as Chief of Staff Alexander Haig) and U Turn (as the town sheriff).

In 2001, he starred as Flavius Aëtius, the Roman general in charge of stopping the Hun invasion in the made-for-TV miniseries Attila. Boothe played a featured role as brothel-owner Cy Tolliver on the HBO series Deadwood, and the corrupt senator Ethan Roark in the motion picture Sin City (2005), as well as its sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014). He is the voice of one of the characters in the 2005 video game Area 51 and of Gorilla Grodd, the hyper-intelligent telepathic supervillain in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. He voiced the villain, Kane, in the 2008 video game Turok.

He was a special guest star on 24, where he played Vice President Noah Daniels. He returned in the prequel to the seventh season, 24: Redemption. Just after taking the role as acting President, Boothe is seen exiting Air Force Two with F-15s in the background. Boothe played a downed F-15 pilot in Red Dawn. In March 2008, he narrated a television campaign ad for Senator John McCain's presidential campaign.[5]

In 2012, Boothe appeared in Joss Whedon's The Avengers in a secretive role as a shadowy governmental superior to S.H.I.E.L.D. In 2015–16, he reprised the role, now named Gideon Malick, in ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.[6]

Boothe appeared in the 2012 miniseries Hatfields & McCoys as Judge Valentine "Wall" Hatfield. Boothe was also cast as Lamar Wyatt in the ABC musical drama series Nashville.[7] Boothe also lent his voice to Hitman: Absolution, a 2012 video game developed by IO Interactive, voicing the character of Benjamin Travis.

Personal life

Boothe married his college sweetheart Pam Cole in 1969 and they remained married until his death.[8] They had two children, Parisse and Preston.[9]


Boothe died in Los Angeles, on the morning of May 14, 2017, at age 68, from the effects of pancreatic cancer.[10][11][12]

His body was buried in Deadwood Cemetery in rural Deadwood, located in Panola County east of Carthage in east Texas.[13]



Year Title Role Notes
1977 The Goodbye Girl Richard III Cast
1980 Cruising Hankie Salesman
1980 The Cold Eye (My Darling, Be Careful)
1981 Southern Comfort Hardin
1984 A Breed Apart Mike Walker
1984 Red Dawn Lt. Col. Andrew 'Andy' Tanner
1985 The Emerald Forest Bill Markham
1987 Extreme Prejudice Cash Bailey
1988 Sapphire Man Ryan Short film
1989 Stalingrad General Vasily Chuikov, hero of Battle of Stalingrad
1990 By Dawn's Early Light Major Cassidy, USAF – pilot of the B-52 bomber "Polar Bear 1"
1992 Rapid Fire Mace Ryan
1993 Tombstone Curly Bill Brocius
1993 Angely smerti
1994 Blue Sky Vince Johnson
1995 Mutant Species Frost
1995 Sudden Death Joshua Foss
1995 Nixon Alexander Haig Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1997 Con Air Officer at Leaving Ceremony Uncredited voice
1997 U Turn Sheriff Potter
2000 Men of Honor Captain Pullman
2001 Frailty FBI Agent Wesley Doyle
2003 Second Nature Kelton Reed
2005 Sin City Senator Roark
2006 Superman: Brainiac Attacks Lex Luthor Voice, direct-to-video
2007 The Final Season Jim Van Scoyoc
2008 Nick Nolte: No Exit Himself Documentary
2008 Edison and Leo George T. Edison Voice
2010 MacGruber Col. Jim Faith
2012 The Avengers Gideon Malick Credited as "World Security Council"
2012 Guns, Girls and Gambling The Rancher
2013 Straight A's Father
2014 Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Senator Roark


Year Title Role Notes
1980 Skag Whalen 6 episodes
1980 The Plutonium Incident Dick Hawkins TV movie
1980 Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones Jim Jones TV movie
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1980 A Cry For Love Tony Bonnell TV movie
1983–1986 Philip Marlowe, Private Eye Philip Marlowe 11 episodes
Nominated—CableACE Award for Best Actor in a Dramatic Presentation (1983)
1987 Into the Homeland Jackson Swallow TV movie
Nominated—CableACE Award for Best Actor in a Movie or Miniseries
1990 Family of Spies John A. Walker Jr. 2 episodes
1990 By Dawn's Early Light Maj. Cassidy TV movie
1992 National Geographic: Eternal Enemies: Lions and Hyenas Narrator TV documentary
1992 Wild Card Preacher TV movie
1993 Marked for Murder Mace 'Sandman' Moutron TV movie
1994 Web of Deception Dr. Philip Benesch TV movie
1996 Dalva Sam TV movie
1997 True Women Bartlett McClure TV movie
1998 The Spree Det. Bram Hatcher TV movie
1999 Joan of Arc Jacques d'Arc 3 episodes
1999 A Crime of Passion Dr. Ben Pierce TV movie
2001 Attila Flavius Aetius 2 episodes
2003 Second Nature Kelton Reed TV movie
2002–2003 Justice League Gorilla Grodd Voice, 4 episodes
2004–2006 Deadwood Cy Tolliver 34 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2007)
2005–2006 Justice League Unlimited Gorilla Grodd / Red Tornado Voice, 5 episodes
2006 National Geographic: Lions v. Hyenas Narrator TV documentary
2007 24 Vice President Noah Daniels 14 episodes
2008 24: Redemption President Noah Daniels TV movie
2009 Ben 10: Alien Force Sunder Voice, Episode: "Singlehanded"
2010 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Sunder Voice, Episode: "The Transmogrification of Eunice"
2011 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Dead Justice Voice, Episode: "Dead Justice"
2011 The Looney Tunes Show Leslie Hunt Voice, 2 episodes
2012 Hatfields & McCoys Judge Valentine 'Wall' Hatfield 3 episodes
2012–2014 Nashville Lamar Wyatt 26 episodes
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2012)
2015–2016 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Gideon Malick 11 episodes (final live-action appearance)
2015 Moonbeam City Eo Jaxxon Voice, Episode: "Glitzotrene: One Town's Seduction"

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Area 51 Major Bridges Voice
2008 Turok Roland Kane Voice
2010 Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction Sunder Voice
2012 Hitman: Absolution Benjamin Travis Voice


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  4. ^ Wells, Jane (December 13, 2007). "Writers' Strike: Any One Gonna Cross Picket Line To Get A GG?". CNBC. Retrieved May 28, 2016.
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  12. ^ "Powers Boothe, Emmy-Winning Character Actor, Dead at 68". The Wrap. May 14, 2017. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  13. ^ "Memorial page for Powers Boothe (1 Jun 1948 – 14 May 2017)". Find A Grave. May 14, 2017.